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Sesquicentennial farms to be honored by MDA

ST. PAUL -- In honor of Minnesota's Sesquicentennial, the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) is recognizing families that have retained ownership of their land for 150 years or more during a special ceremony at the 2008 Minnesota State Fair.

This marks the first year of acknowledging sesquicentennial farms in Minnesota.

Ninety families registered their sesquicentennial farms with the MDA earlier this year. Each has been invited to participate in a recognition ceremony with Minnesota Agriculture Commissioner Gene Hugoson this Monday, Aug. 25 at 3 p.m. The "Sesqui-Century Farm Day at the Big Top" will be held in the Sesquicentennial Performance Tent, located between Heritage Square and the Grandstand.

During the ceremony, families will be honored for their support of Minnesota agriculture with a certificate of recognition signed by Governor Tim Pawlenty and Commissioner Hugoson.

A display of sesquicentennial farms will be located in the adjacent Sesquicentennial Exhibit Tent from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Monday.

The display will be located in the Cattle Barn Moo Booth at the corner of Judson Avenue and Stevens Street the remaining days of the fair.

The sesquicentennial farm recognition program will become an annual event through a partnership with the Minnesota Farm Bureau.

For a list of farms receiving recognition at the State Fair ceremony, visit the MDA website at